Each year, termites chew up wood and organic materials, leaving property owners with damages amounting to $2 billion. That’s a colossal sum for creatures that lurk in the shadows for most of their lives.
While these destructive insects can invade any area of your home, you’ll find them in damp areas like your crawl space. Down there, they’ll flourish as food is abundant and no one bothers them.
If you are concerned that termites could infest your home, now is the best time to learn about termiticides – potent chemicals that control and eradicate termites.
Termiticide is any chemical that’s designed to control or kill termites. Some builders and waterproofing experts integrate it with waterproofing solutions to prevent termite infestations.
Also known as spot treatments, liquid termiticides thwart termites and eliminate those chewing up your wooden structures. You can spray or brush this type of termiticide into your plywood or lumber. And it will diffuse directly into the underlying fibers of the wood. You can also use it as a wood preservative.
These chemicals will build up in the termite’s system. Over time, they’ll become sluggish before they die. This slow action enables the termite to return to the nest, where it will transmit the insecticide to other termites. It’s useful in decimating termite colonies.
Termite Baiting Systems
You can also lure termites and discourage them from venturing into your home by placing plastic bait stations on the ground around your home. They contain non-toxic wood, paper cardboard, and foods that termites like. Baiting systems will come in handy in situations where liquid treatment proves difficult or standard soil treatments are illegal under municipal, federal, or state regulations.
How Do Termiticides Work?
Termiticides are formulated to repel or kill termites before they get into your home. In addition, these chemicals eliminate termites that are leaving your house and returning to their colony. Whenever you apply termiticides to the crawl space floors or walls, termites will start dying, which discourages the formation of new colonies.
Controlling Crawl Space Termites
Whenever you’re dealing with a termite infestation, the first thing you’ll want to do is eliminate moisture from the crawl space. Remember, moisture creates a conducive environment for termites. You can cut off moisture by asking a waterproofing contractor to encapsulate the crawl space. They’ll cover your crawl space walls and floor with a heavy-duty 20-mil plastic vapor barrier. Once in place, the barrier will cut out outside air leaving you with a healthy, moist-free crawl space that is less attractive to pests.
If you have a dirt crawl space, make sure that you trench and treat the inside of the foundation wall. Also, treat the soil on the floor and areas where utility lines and pipes enter and exit the crawl space. It also pays to eliminate soil-to-wood contact. This way, termites won’t have access to food, shelter, and moisture.
Make sure wood siding, doors, and window frames are at least six inches off the ground. In some cases, you may have to regrade or pill soil or mulch back from the foundation.
Is Foam Board Insulation Termite-Resistant?
Sadly, termites can chew up your foam board insulation or puncture holes right through them. They’ll then use them to get to the wooden beams. That’s not to mention also that foam insulation holds moisture and retains heat, which creates a conducive environment for termites. So, you can’t rely on foam board insulation to beat back the moisture and termites that come in.
A great alternative to foam insulation is the ExTremeBloc™, a superior material for insulating your exposed crawl space. It has a fantastic energy rating and provides better safety. Best of all, this material incorporates termiticide, which eliminates termites trying to chew your insulation board.
If you have a serious termite infestation, we advise you to talk to your local pest control company to find a lasting solution. It’s possible to combine termiticides with effective insulation to beat back termites. Would you like to seal up the crawl space or replace your worn-out insulation? Contact Foundation Recovery Systems for a free crawl space inspection and repair quote. We use industry-approved solutions that guarantee lasting results.